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[10/5/2013] Chunichi Dragons, Yakult Swallows, Hiroshima Carp, Hanshin Tigers, Yokohama Bay Stars

by on Oct.05, 2013 @ 11:59 pm, under NPB

Chunichi Dragons

The Dragons failed to finish in the top three for the first in twelve years.  They also finished with losing records against all CL teams.

A resignation press conference for Morimichi Takagi is scheduled for the 8th.

Source: Sports Hochi 10/5/2013, Sponichi 10/5/2013

Yakult Swallows

The Swallows drew 1,432,695 in attendance this year, up eight percent from last year.

Source: Sanspo 10/5/2013

Hiroshima Carp

Kenta Maeda's start was rained out today.  The game was rescheduled to Sunday, as was Maeda's start.  This will mean he makes his Game 1 First Stage Climax Series start on five days of rest, instead of six.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/5/2013

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Bryan Bullington recorded the thirtieth victory of his career on September 19 (vs Hanshin) and set a new franchise record for wins by a foreign pitcher.  He was given his own plaque at Mazda Stadium today.  The previous record of twenty-nine was held by Nathan Minchey (1998-2000).

Source: official announcement

Hanshin Tigers

Takashi Toritani tied Koichi Tabuchi (1974) and Masayuki Kakefu's (1984) franchise record for walks in a season with 102 on Friday.  Toritani recorded another walk tonight against the Bay Stars and set a new franchise record.

The NPB record of 158 was set by Sadaharu Oh in 1974.

Source: Sanspo 10/5/2013, Nikkan Sports 10/5/2013

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The Tigers announced today that Ni-gun pitching coach Keiichi Yabu, Ni-gun batting coach Kenichiro Kawamura, and Ni-gun training coach Toshiyuki Tsuzuki will not be returning next season.

Source: official announcement

Yokohama Bay Stars

For the first time in twelve years, the Bay Stars will finish a season with winning records against three Central League teams -- Chunichi (13-11-0), Yakult (14-10-0), and Hanshin (13-10-0; one game left to play).  They also picked up their first winning record against the Dragons since 2007.

Source: Sports Hochi 10/5/2013, Sponichi 10/5/2013

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Daisuke Miura became the ninety-first player in NPB history to reach the 500 games milestone on Saturday.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/5/2013